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Topic: Gored (Gusseted?? Godet-ed??) Toddler Fall Jacket  (Read 3006 times)
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« on: September 12, 2007 06:45:48 AM »

I finally finished this drop-shoulder, gored jacket for my just-turned-2-year-old daughter. It's fully lined, with a hood and covered buttons.  I'm still not sure adding the gored panels was such a fantastic idea, but I think they're growing on me. 

It's made of cotton velveteen, and the lining is a cotton Marimekko-style print purchased from a fantastic local discount store--I used about a yard of each fabric, and they were each $2 a yard, so even with the the covered button kit, the project cost was about $6.

It was loosely based on a raincoat of hers--I didn't get to try it my daughter ONE TIME during the construction (anybody else have a just-turned-two-year old who can say "I don't want to try anything on"?), so the fit leaves something to be desired, and it's especially loose around her little narrow shoulders.  Do you think I should try to fix it, or just wait for her to grow into it?  All in all, I'm pleased with it--I took my time with this one, and did some of the nice details like top-stitching and reinforcing that make this garment look a lot less thrown-together than some of my other attempts. 

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2007 06:48:24 AM »

I think it's great- as soon as you go and take the time to fix it she'll probably be just big enough to fit into it as it is now!  Plus, it doesn't look huge, it just looks roomy!  Very cute!
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2007 07:09:13 AM »

Wonderful! I love the fabric combination, and the covered buttons! I too think the roomy fit looks fine---the only thing I'd do is, if the sleeves are just folded up, sew those cuffs in place so they don't get in her way.


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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007 07:25:46 AM »

I think it's just great, love the colors.  It'll be good if/when you need to add layers when it gets colder.  Little ones need "roomy".
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2007 08:02:06 AM »

This is a really cool little jacket! I wish it would fit me... Wink

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2007 08:30:28 AM »

I love the goring and I would leave it. She will get to enjoy it longer. I think it's very whimsical without being over the top. It's awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007 08:33:35 AM »

That is so adorable!  I agree with everyone else that you should leave the shoulders (and just sew the cuffs if appropriate)... she'll grow and also be able to wear winter clothes like sweaters under it.  Enjoy her not being fussy about fit while you still can!

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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007 08:37:03 AM »

That is too cute! The fabric you used on the inset is gorgeous.

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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2007 08:38:43 AM »

I love it just as it is!  Roomy is good and I love the fabric combo!

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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2007 10:23:14 AM »

Wow, thanks everybody--so the overwhelming consensus is to leave it as is, and feed the kid so she grows into it? I love this solution, as it means I don't have to work more on it!

blue engine--I think I will take your suggestion of tacking back the sleeves--maybe I'll even get fancy and make one of those button-back tie things. 
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